But For What’s My Axis? is a multidisciplinary work made in collaboration between visual artist Kara Rooney, composer Fatrin Krajka, and Brooklyn-based poets Betsy Fagin, Laura Henriksen, and Marine Cornuet. Through the development of three performative event/actions--Empire, Desire, and Origins (Blue)—in addition to recorded and printed ephemera, this collaborative trilogy grapples with, de-centers, and disassembles the largely invisible spectre of linguistic oppression, one whose static vernacular tropes continue to infiltrate as well as amplify our historical, relational, and sociopolitical entanglements. With choreography by Dylan Crossman; images by Jeanne Gourlet.
Part 1: Empire was performed at TOTAH on December 13, 2017.
I want to reach a place of silent sturdy knife
Nothing to be repaid
Glass and steel fear fades out
Lives crushed eyes open
Wallets in ruin stained foreign dirt
Hands out miracles
Crushed the slate clean